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Plainfield High School
950 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Coordinates 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515Coordinates: 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515
Type Public high school
Established 1857
School district Plainfield Public School District
Principal Dr. Brian Bilal
Vice principal Deborah Celestand
John Martucci
Kevin Stansbury
Mark A. Williams
Faculty 145.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,803 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 12.4[1]
Athletics conference Watchung Conference
Team name Cardinals
Information 908-731-4390

Plainfield High School is a comprehensive community four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Plainfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school is part of the Plainfield Public School District, one of New Jersey's 31 Abbott Districts.

Plainfield High School was established in 1857, making it the second oldest high school in New Jersey.

As of the 2006-07 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,803 students and 145.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.4.[1]

The school was the 293rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 307th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[2]



Plainfield High School competes in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association that consists of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey. The conference operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).

Plainfield's football rivalry with Westfield High School dates back to 1900, making it the oldest active public high school football rivalry in the state.

The Boys' Basketball team won the 2004 North II, Group IV state sectional championship, defeating Elizabeth High School 47-42 in the final.[3]


Core members of the school's administration are:[4]

  • Brian Bilal - Principal
  • Deborah Celestand - Vice Principal
  • John Martucci - Vice Principal
  • Kevin Stansbury - Vice Principal
  • Mark A. Williams - Vice Principal

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d Plainfield High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  3. ^ 2004 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV, NJSIAA, accessed April 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Home Page -> Contact Information, Plainfield High School. Accessed November 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Ernest R. Ackerman, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Richard. " Joe Black, Pitching Pioneer for the Dodgers, Dies at 78", The New York Times, May 18, 2002. Accessed October 8, 2007. "Black was born in Plainfield, N.J., where he was an all-around athlete in high school."
  7. ^ McKenzie, Doug. "South River’s Pearson to be inducted to N.J. Hall of Fame", East Brunswick Sentinel, February 7, 2001. Accessed October 8, 2007. "Also on this year’s list of inductees are Joe Black, a Plainfield High School graduate who became the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game"
  8. ^ Margaret Bourke-White, Photography at Temple University. Accessed June 21, 2007. "She grew up in Bound Brook, NJ, and graduated from Plainfield High School."
  9. ^ "CAMPBELL CAPTURES TWO NEWARK EVENTS", The New York Times, February 28, 1953. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Milt Campbell, Plainfield High School star, won the first two events in the twenty-ninth Newark Athletic Club track and field championships today."
  10. ^ "71st Annual Hot Stove Awards Dinner, Feb. 11, Honors Union County Athletes, Young and Old", Union County, New Jersey press release dated February 2, 2007. Accessed November 14, 2007. "Manny Collins was a standout at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Plainfield High School Cardinals and earned All-County, All-Conference and All-Area honors."
  11. ^ Pete Liske profile, database Football. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  12. ^ [1],Tennis Week, April 24, 2008. Accessed September 5, 2009. "Kay and John P. McEnroe, Dick Scheer, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott and Donald Van Blake were honored at the 21st anniversary of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday evening, April 18, in New York City."
  13. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Adella Wotherspoon, Last Survivor of General Slocum Disaster, Is Dead at 100", The New York Times, February 4, 2004. Accessed August 17, 2008.

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